Friday, August 29, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH | Local Natives

Photo via Facebook
I got the chance to chat with a couple of the guys in Local Natives, a cool indie-rock band from Los Angeles. I saw down with Ryan Hahn and Nik Ewing, who gave insight into the touring life, working with each other and what's coming up (the group also includes Taylor Rice, Kelcey Ayer and Matt Frazier).



Here's a little bit from the interview:

On stage at Osheaga, you guys mentioned that Montreal has a special place in your hearts – what is it about the city?

Ryan: For one, we’ve had some really good shows here. When it came time to make our second record, we wanted to get out of LA and this was one of the first places we thought about. We ended up doing most of the record at this studio in Montreal called Mixart and we lived there for a few weeks. It was a lot of fun.

Favourite city to perform in?

Ryan: Atlanta. It sounds unexpected, but every time we play there, it’s the best show of the tour.

Nik: L.A. I think is selfishly great, because it’s our hometown.

Ryan: Outside of the US, Paris is always really fun for us.

Nik: I love Tokyo. They are so respectful.

What’s it like working with each other?

Ryan: It’s crazy because we’ve known each other for so long now. We’ve been playing music together since junior high school. Our friendships and music relationship is so intertwined. We can push each other’s buttons and know how to navigate. We know how get the best out of each other and try to not drive everyone crazy. We can trust everyone’s opinions as musicians too. It’s a very collaborative process.

What pushes you to keep making music?

Nik: It’s just something that’s in us. We’re always going to be working on stuff and being creative. When you have spells of not doing anything, you kind of go a little crazy.

Ryan: You just have to keep pushing forward and trying to do stuff that excites you. There’s that feeling you get when you play music with the rest of the band and you come up with something that everyone feels the excitement about at the same time. And I feel like you’re always chasing that feeling, like this is something special. It doesn’t always happen but I think that’s what we’re always chasing, the feeling that we’re doing something cool and unique.

What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?

Ryan: Try to do everything yourself and don’t rely on other people to get to where you want to go. In this day and age, there’s so much you can do on your own and control.

Nik: Slug it out. It’s so easy to be discouraged, but you have to push through and keep going.

For more Local Natives:

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Thursday, August 28, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH | Dream Koala

Photo via Facebook
Yndi Ferreira, or better known as Dream Koala, makes music to inspire change in the world. His latest EP, Earth. Home. Destroyed., takes place in the future, where he hopes to see a difference in the way things are moving. “I really wanted to write about saving the planet and to change our mentality and think about our environment.”

Originally from Paris, the 20-year-old producer made his first trip onto Canadian soil to perform at the Osheaga music festival in Montreal on August 1. He hit the electronic stage and brought his energetic and ambient sound. His music brings together a mixture of genres, which he says comes from listening to so many different types growing up, ranging from traditional Brazilian music to metal and jazz.

He compares making music to cooking. “I take what I like from the songs and artists I listen to and try to make my own stuff with it,” says Dream Koala. “I take different ingredients and make something new. If my music was food, it would probably be a salad, like seaweed with fruits. It would be something weird.”

And what about the story behind his name? “I wanted to give myself an animal name but I had to find the right animal. I found out that koalas sleep 20 hours a day and they dream most of the time,” he says. “I like to think of dreaming like being in another dimension and I want my music to remind us of that dreamlike state.”

Get out of this world with his video for “Odyssey” -  



For more Dream Koala: soundcloud.com/dreamkoala


- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Kollar Clothing Mid Summer Collection | EVENT + LOOKBOOK


I visited my friends at Kollar Clothing on August 16th for their midsummer pop-up shop at 498 Queen St West. They released a special mid summer collection and held a fun party, complete with cake and champagne.




Dylan Jackson (left) & Dave Kollar (centre)

Take a peek at some of these stellar shots from their lookbook -





Check them out at kollarclothing.com

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Osheaga 2014


Being so close to Childish Gambino that I could see his sweat dripping down his back, being front row for a truly magical performance by Lorde, and having some pretty rad interviews with some very talented artists was definitely what made Osheaga 2014 stand out.

This was my third year covering the festival in Montreal and every year, there are moments that just make me have such a stupid smile on my face. I'm such a fan of live music and I love being able to fully immerse myself in so many cool events and atmospheres.

Check out my highlights via photos:

 Shlohmo

 Childish Gambino
I had the pleasure of watching his set from side stage — a pretty unreal experience. I stood there alongside uber-cool rockstar sisters HAIM, who were supporting their friend Donald.
My view:


OutKast - celebrating 20 years of awesomeness
 
 Local Natives
They nearly didn't make it to their set due to a series of travel hiccups. Glad they made it!!

 HAIM
These girls are seriously just so cool. Talented, passionate and humble. 


 J. Cole!

 CHVRCHES

 Kodaline

 Lorde
SO MAGICAL.



Still to come: my interviews with Dream Koala, Local Natives and The Glitch Mob!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Monday, August 11, 2014

MY LIFE | A Vancouver Visit


As most of you know, I'm originally from the West Coast - what up Vancity! This summer, I took a trip back out to my hometown for a week to catch up with friends and fam. Take a peek:
 
 YYZ-->YVR



 Dessert at Earls



Best Gelato - Bella Gelateria | Cool Pixel Orca

 Delicious meal at The Flying Pig in Gastown - HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

Until next time, BC!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Sunday, August 10, 2014

GIVEAWAY | Happy August!! [CLOSED]

It's crazy how summer is flying by...August sure came quick! I've put together a huge prize pack for this month's giveaway—hope you enjoy!

Here's what's up for grabs:

Prize includes:
- 1 Always Tampax Travel Pack
- 1 pair of Secret tights
- 1 So...! Kiss Me fragrance
- 1 Vera Wang Lovestruck tote bag
- 1 pack of Sharpie Gel Highliters
- 1 OLAY Fresh Effects BB Cream
- 4 sets of imPRESS nails
- 1 Sally Hansen Salon Effects set of nails
- 1 Etsy greeting card
- 1 pair of Expression earrings
- 2 Kimchi Blue Urban Outfitters bandeaus
- 1 black quilted Urban Outfitters wallet
- 1 RIMMEL London lipgloss
- 1 CoverGirl lipstick

TWO WAYS TO ENTER:

1. Follow me on Twitter (@christinaaa28) & retweet this -

>>HERE<<

2. Leave a comment on this post with your highlight of summer so far.

*Feel free to do both!

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Details:
- Contest open worldwide
- Ends Sunday, August 17th, @ midnight PST
- Winner will be selected at random & notified on Monday, August 18th

GOOD LUCK!

- Christina
Follow my adventures on Twitter: @christinaaa28

Thursday, August 7, 2014

MY LIFE | Toronto Summer


This summer has been pretty fantastic. It's been full of friends, food and fun times — no complaints! Here's a glimpse into my TO summer so far, via photos.


Becoming besties with pets of friends | Crepes in parks


 'Chicken Lollipops' from Lot St. | SHIBUI Robata Bar opening


 Pretty flowers in my new apartment | Ribs & bacon cocktails from Smoque N Bones


 Mojitos at The Drake Hotel | Cabana Pool Bar opening weekend



Dwayne Gretzky @ Dundas Square | The Weeks @ Lee's Palace


 Peanut butter milkshakes @ The Lakeview | Summer sangria at The Office Pub
 

Coalition Lounge grand opening | Cool artwork on Dundas West

But summer's not over yet! Stay tuned for more of my adventures via Twitter: @christinaaa28